Cheater’s Tortellini en Brodo

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cheaters tortellini en brodo recipe
Katherine Gillen

Let’s be honest: There are some nights (many, lately) when we don’t feel like cooking. But takeout isn’t economical and frozen dumplings for the third night in a row is just sad. Enter this recipe for cheater’s tortellini en brodo (aka tortellini in broth). A five-ingredient, 20-minute soup shouldn’t taste so flavorful, and yet, this one does.

You could give this easy meal a major upgrade by making your own stock, but it’s not necessary. The secret trick is to add a Parmesan rind to the soup while it’s simmering, which imparts a rich, savory flavor that tastes like you’ve been cooking all day. Swap the pasta and greens as you see fit; ravioli and Swiss chard would also be welcome here.


6 cups chicken stock (homemade or store-bought)

1 Parmesan rind

One 13-ounce package cheese tortellini

1 bunch kale—leaves stripped, washed and torn into bite-size pieces

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken stock and Parmesan rind to a boil.

2. Add the tortellini and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or about 2 minutes shy of the package directions.

3. Lower the heat to a simmer; add the kale and cook until tender and wilted, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

Nutrition Facts
  • 442 calories

  • 11g fat

  • 61g carbs

  • 24g protein

  • 8g sugars

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Katherine Gillen

Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...
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